Special Events

Special Events at the David Davis Mansion

 

The Mansion is open for regular tours each week 9am-3:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday, except holidays. The events below are separate opportunities to visit, during times and dates noted, when special programs are planned for your pleasure. Call 309-828-1084 during business hours with questions.

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration

February

Children and their families will appreciate this unique opportunity to meet and take photos with Mr. Lincoln (portrayed by Randy Duncan), and enjoy birthday cake at the home of one of Lincoln’s closest friends and political allies, Judge David Davis. A special craft table also gives visitors a…

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Spring Festival 

April

An Easter egg hunt, visits with the Easter bunny, and other festive Spring activities throughout the mansion lawn await as we introduce our visitors and their families to various ways of celebrating the season! 

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Champagne British Car Festival

June

Over 100 vehicles of all makes, models, and years manufactured in the United Kingdom are the focus of this popular summer event, co-sponsored by the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club. Visitor’s enjoy live music and concessions on the mansion lawn while wandering through endless rows, including…

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Glorious Garden Festival

July

This two-day festival is a treasured community event, attracting gardeners and those who love gardening to the David Davis Mansion. It consists of both a Garden Walk and Garden Fair.    The Garden Walk provides ticket holders with the opportunity to explore 10-12 private gardens throughout…

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Antique Auto Show

August

Visitors can stroll through the amazing collection of vintage vehicles on display throughout the mansion grounds at this special late summer event, co-sponsored by the McLean County Antique Automobile Club, which features more than 75 cars from the 1900’s through the 1980’s. View the cars…

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Cruise-In at the Mansion

September

See all makes and models of vehicles from antique to modern at this fall event, co-sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation and the Mid-State Cruisers. More unusual vehicles such as boats, motorcycles, and tractors are also known to make an appearance! Best In Class trophies are awarded for a…

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Fall Festival

October

Trick-or-treat, a costume contest, and other festive Fall activities throughout the mansion lawn await as we introduce our visitors and their families to various ways of celebrating the season!

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Christmas at the Mansions

December

Enjoy a holiday tour of two of Central Illinois’ beloved historic sites: The David Davis Mansion and Ewing Manor. See these gorgeous homes decorated in period Christmas finery while taking in the architecture, the historic holiday postcard settings, and hosts dressed in period costumes as…

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A Victorian Christmas

December

Join us for this fun family holiday event! Visitor’s will have the opportunity to walk through the mansion at night and view each room, decked out with lovely holiday decorations, while costumed guides roam the halls, and live music and festive refreshments keep the spirit of the season bright.…

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